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State Department Working With ATF Canine Branch to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Date: 11/12/2008 Location: Front Royal, Virginia Description: Sniffer dog in his kennel at the ATF Canine Branch in Front Royal, Virginia. State Dept Photo
Date: 11/12/2008 Location: Front Royal, Virginia Description: ATF Canine trainer Shawn Crawford, Teresa Hobgood from OES, Assistant Secretary McMurray, Susan Povenmire from OES and Hollis Summers from OES/ENRC. State Dept Photo

Date: 11/12/2008 Location: Front Royal, Virginia Description: Members of state and local law enforcement receive awards during a ceremony at the ATF Canine Branch in Front Royal, Virginia State Dept Photo

Front Royal, Virginia
November 12, 2008

On November 12th, Claudia A. McMurray, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science, was extensively briefed and toured the facilities of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Canine Branch of the National Center for Explosives Training and Research (ATF-NCETR) in Front Royal, Virginia. ATF-NCETR trains canines (Labrador Retrievers) for U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies to detect explosives. The Center’s techniques could be used in launching a successful pilot program using sniffer dogs to identify smugglers of illegal wildlife. This would be an important addition to the work of the Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking, a global initiative the Department of State began in 2005. Wildlife trafficking - the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products - is a soaring black market worth an estimated $10 billion a year.

For further information see:
www.CAWTGlobal.org


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